Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Slate investigates all those afghans draped over TV couches

As any frequent thrift store visitor can tell you, afghans used to be a hot commodity. The knit or crocheted items hit their peak popularity in the ‘70s, when everyone was using two sticks to put some squares together like some sort of goddamn crafty pioneers. And while their popularity has since waned, that doesn’t mean that they’re not still popular in American homes and, more specifically, in fictional homes depicted on television.

Slate has an excellent piece investigating why so many TV homes have the same granny square-style afghan on their couches, from Jane The Virgin to Roseanne. You know the one—black edges and backdrop, rainbow squares. As it turns out, set designers tend to choose the quilts because they both remind them of their own childhood homes and speak to a character’s quirky individuality. Big Bang Theory‘s Amy, for instance, has a granny …

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